Andy Jenkins – “Genuine Heart”
Andy Jenkins has shared “Genuine Heart” off his soon-to-be-released debut album Sweet Bunch (out June 15th). Clash Music premiered the track today, calling it “carefully sculpted and fragrantly built.”
Talking about “Genuine Heart,” Jenkins reflects:
“I wrote this song within a day or two of discovering that I might be into somebody and they might be into me too. I wrote it out of an instinct for self-deprecation, the only instinct that hasn’t failed me yet.
“The words and music came through in a flash, but it wasn’t a done deal so I drove down to Durham one January day and played it for my friend Phil Cook. There’s a nice thing that can happen to a song, moving it from guitar to piano, it can really help you figure out what you’ve got. I don’t play piano so it’s also an excuse to be social.
“We worked out a bridge and he added a shining riff at the top and suddenly there it was, ‘Genuine Heart.’ It came together so naturally, it felt inevitable. I remember we went to pick up his son and ate Wisconsin-style chili for dinner over at his parents house after that, three generations of Cooks in a room is a blessing, and I drove home that night with a smile.
“He sent me the demo that night and all the email said was, ‘from today the day you ate at my parents house.’ Phil came back up to Richmond to do the session, playing keys and singing backing vocals on the final cut.”
Pre-order Sweet Bunch now on limited edition marbled clear vinyl (limited to 300 copies only). All pre-orders through the Spacebomb store ship with a free enamel pin and zine by Andy Jenkins, both pre-order exclusive items limited to the first 100 orders.
Happy 4th Piddletractor Day!
It’s May 20th and that can mean only one thing: It’s time for a playdate with Grandma Sparrow at his Piddletractor Birthday Party. Each year on this day, we look back to when Grandma entered our lives and introduced us all to his world of Piddletractor. His Piddletractor Orchestra weaves a kaleidoscopic soundscape of a story about Grandma’s missing nephew, the clown prince Alewishus. Along the way, we meet Tristan Wimbley, Scrimpa, the Oryoman, and countless other characters direct from creator and musician Joe Westerlund’s imagination. Clocking in at 33 minutes, this psychedelic children’s song-cycle for adults challenges – as we believed in 2014 and we still believe today – the definition of what a record can be in the 21st century.
Appropriately enough, Bizarre Magazine at the time called it “Album of the month times ten!” The Village Voice said it’s “Gloriously freaky…super-fun.” SPIN adjectivized it as “nostalgic, futuristic, hilarious, profound, disturbing, ecstatic, ridiculous, and brilliant” (appending a 9 out of 10 rating to boot).
Grandma Sparrow & His Piddletractor Orchestra is instantly timeless, in that it belongs to no time. Four years later, it sounds just as fresh, bizarre, and perfect as it did on May 20th, 2014.
To celebrate Piddletractor Day, we’re offering the record in our store for half off, today only – $6.50 for CD, $9 for vinyl. Grab your discounted copy here and dive into the world of Piddletractor.
Now, without further ado, zip up your word muffins, grab a carpet square, and celebrate with us. Happy Piddletractor Day!
Introducing Jackie Cohen
Spacebomb is proud to announce the addition of Jackie Cohen to the family. If you want something done right, do it yourself. Jackie Cohen hurts her own feelings in her new collection of curious poem-songs Tacoma Night Terror Part 1: I’ve Got the Blues. It’s not that she doesn’t appreciate your help – she’s just got it covered.
Tacoma Night Terror Part 1: I’ve Got the Blues is due out on June 29, 2018, on Spacebomb Records. Stay tuned for more information, and make plans to catch her on tour with Alex Cameron, Andy Jenkins, and more below.
JACKIE COHEN ON TOUR
Jun 27 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo ^
Jul 15 – Denver, CO – Lost Lake Lounge
Jul 17 – St. Louis, MO – Kranzberg Arts Center
Jul 18 – Chicago, IL – Hideout
Jul 19 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop *
Jul 20 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace *
Jul 21 – Detroit, MI – El Club *
Jul 24 – Indianapolis, IN – Hi Fi *
Jul 25 – Nashville, TN – Basement East *
Jul 26 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West *
Jul 27 – Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle *
Jul 28 – Richmond, VA – Capital Ale House *
Jul 30 – Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery *
Jul 31 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts *
Aug 1 – Jersey City, NJ – White Eagle Hall *
Aug 2 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair *
Aug 3 – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right #
Aug 4 – Burlington, VT – Arts Riot *
^ supporting Andy Jenkins
* supporting Alex Cameron
# with Rubber Band Gun and Emily Panic
Trey Pollard Live from the Studio Today
Today, Trey Pollard goes live from the studio, recording two separate pieces with a 16-piece orchestra comprised of string players and a pianist, with Pollard at the helm as conductor. Viewers will take a rare, intimate front-row seat as Pollard conducts and instructs his players while they rehearse, and ultimately record, his debut compositions. It’s not often that outsiders get such a close look inside the creative process of recording chamber music, especially not for a composer’s anticipated debut.
Also beginning today, you can pre-order Antiphone on vinyl, CD, or sheet music book containing the scores to the pieces on the album: 8 Pairs for String Quintet and Fixed Ideas for Strings and Piano.
Trey Pollard – Antiphone (SB019)
CD/LP/DIG | Sep. 2018
Announcing Trey Pollard’s ‘Antiphone’ – Watch a live stream from the studio
Spacebomb Records announces Trey Pollard‘s debut album, Antiphone, to be released in September 2018. On Tuesday, May 15, at 1:30pm EDT, watch a live stream of part of the album recording live from Montrose Recording in Richmond, Virginia.
As co-owner of Spacebomb Records, Pollard’s work has been a cornerstone of productions by a growing list of rock and pop artists in the know, like Natalie Prass, The Waterboys, Foxygen, Helado Negro, Matthew E. White and Bedouine, and expanded to projects outside that context, recently contributing to the score of S-Town, a groundbreaking longform podcast. Antiphone will be an album of contemporary chamber music featuring pieces for string quintet and chamber string orchestra and piano.
The live stream – hosted by The Line of Best Fit – will be a window into the recording process as Trey Pollard conducts a 16-piece ensemble recording tracks for Antiphone. The viewer will be able to see and hear the tracks come to life for the very first time along with Pollard, as they are rehearsed, performed and recorded for the record.